Intermittent fasting and Paleo diet

by - April 18, 2019

By now we have gotten to know a lot about intermittent fasting and how it works. Let’s therefore get right to learning a bit about the Paleo Diet.

The Paleo Diet is a diet based on the types of foods presumed to have been eaten by early humans, consisting chiefly of meat, fish, vegetables and fruit, and excluding dairy or cereal products and processed food. Other names for a paleo diet include Paleolithic diet, Stone Age diet, hunter-gatherer diet and caveman diet.

The diet's reasoning is that the human body is genetically mismatched to the modern diet that emerged with farming practices an idea known as the discordance hypothesis.

Benefits of the Paleo diet include weight loss, improved glucose tolerance, better appetite management and wholesome healthier living.

So how does the Paleo diet come to play with intermittent fasting?

Considering the fact that this diet is adapted directly from the caveman way of eating, it is only logical to  conclude that the diet includes some fasting. The prehistoric men were hunters and gatherers who went about to look for their food. As already stated, this was a time when farming had not existed, and so they had to go from place to place, looking for animals to hunt and fruits to gather for food.

Many a time, especially during the winter/cold periods where these animals and fruits were not readily available, they had to go hungry for extended periods, and ration what provisions they did have.

Even in the warmer times, during hunting and gathering, it was very unlikely that the prehistoric men stopped ever so often to have three square meals. They were more wont to fasting as they sourced for food, periodically snacking on plants, seeds and nuts then settle in the evening to have a big meal.

It follows that the human body, through evolution, would have most certainly adapted to these periods of hunger or fasting. Not only did the human body have to adapt enough to survive in times without food, but it also had to be able hunt, gather, and fight. Hunter-gatherers, when looking for food, needed to be alert and focused.

Putting this into consideration, it can be said that the both types of diet can go hand in hand, as the meal plan involved in the Paleo diet are very healthy and will work so well with intermittent fasting. Acceptance of the Paleo lifestyle (where feeding is concerned) directly translates to embracing the benefits of intermittent fasting.

The difference, however, is that in intermittent fasting, you’re not told what to eat. The fasting window also doesn’t necessarily have to be on the same day. But in Paleo diet, there’s a restriction to what you can eat and the fasting window occurs on the same day.

In conclusion, combining the principles of the Paleo diet with those of intermittent fasting will supply your body, not only with the optimal nutrients necessary to thrive but also supplying them in the way in which humankind spent the last ten thousand years or more becoming accustomed to.

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